Friday, November 18 2011 @ 03:38 pm EST
Contributed by: dgrosvold
Have you ever wondered how astronomers can predict when there’s going to be an abundance of shooting stars in the night sky? Showers of meteors, the scientific name for “shooting stars,” occur predictably several times a year, usually peaking within the same two- or three-day period. So what causes them? Why do they seem to come from the same part of the sky? What’s the best way to see them? Visit http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/meteor-shower and get ready to enjoy the next show.
Distributed by Laura K. Lincoln, on behalf of the Space Place Team.
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